Valley Fever in people

Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis – or ‘cocci’) is primarily a disease of the lungs caused by the inhalation of airborne particles of the fungus Coccidioides, which is found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

Valley Fever in People


On Thursday we asked Well readers to take on the case of a 7-year-old boy who’d been having fevers and drenching sweats nightly for over a month. More than 300 of you wrote in, and although 20 of you came up with the right diagnosis, only three of you figured out both the diagnosis and the test needed to confirm it.

UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence Director John Galgiani, MD, is the lead author on new updated guidance from the Infectious Diseases Society of America for primary care physicians and other clinicians on treatment and care of patients suffering from Valley Fever.

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Is there a cure for Valley Fever?

No. Researchers within our center and in the U.S. are working on the development of a prophylactic vaccine. We are also in the early phases of testing a drug that shows promise of a cure in the future.

How does one become infected with Valley Fever?

Valley Fever is acquired by inhaling one or more airborne spores of the fungus coccidioides spp. The spores are carried in dust particles from the soil by the wind when the desert soil is disturbed.